San Antonio Amazon Warehouse Injury Attorney
The San Antonio area is home to multiple Amazon warehouses that employ many people throughout the region. Unfortunately, like any large employer – especially a warehousing company – Amazon sees many workplace injuries at its facilities.
Injured Amazon workers may be entitled to recover workers’ compensation benefits for their on-the-job injuries. However, it is very important that you follow Texas law carefully from start to finish in order to make sure your rights are protected after a workplace accident.
At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, our dedicated team of San Antonio Amazon warehouse injury lawyers is prepared to fight for the help and compensation you deserve. Please call us or contact us online today to set up a free consultation. We are ready to discuss the details of your case and explain all your legal options for moving forward after an Amazon warehouse accident.
What to Do After an Amazon Warehouse Accident
The very first thing you need to do after an injury at an Amazon warehouse is to report it. Notify your supervisor or management team right away. You will likely be asked to fill out a notice form. You should always get a copy of whatever you fill out.
Here are some additional key steps to remember right after a work injury:
- Write down the names of all witnesses to the accident and people you spoke to about it.
- Take photographs of the accident scene and your injuries, or have a friend or coworker do it for you.
- Get medical treatment immediately and follow the doctor’s orders.
- Talk to a knowledgeable Amazon warehouse worker injury lawyer about your legal right to compensation.
Under Texas law, you must give timely notice to your employer ─ within 30 days of your injury. But don’t wait that long. After all, you will need medical care as soon as possible, and your employer has the right to direct care to an extent.
Amazon can pick your doctor, and that doctor can make key decisions about your readiness to return to work. However, if you have an experienced workers’ compensation attorney representing you, you can ensure your rights are not being violated and that you are receiving the proper care you need.
Amazon OSHA Violations
Perhaps the most common injuries are those that stem from negligent or careless operations. Small and large employers alike frequently fail to provide a safe work environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is organized for the purpose of making sure workplaces are safe for employees.
Amazon has quickly become one of the largest violators of OSHA regulations in the country, with constant and repeated safety concerns being voiced by employees, labor unions, and other groups concerned about worker safety. In 2016, one Amazon facility was cited by OSHA for not reporting 26 injuries.
Serious concerns such as Amazon safety policy violations and Amazon warehouse heat stroke are leading some industry advocates to call for steeper penalties and fines for the corporate giant.
Compensation for Being Injured While Working for Amazon
No matter how big the company, the rules still apply. If you are injured on the job and your employer elects to carry workers’ compensation insurance, then you have a right to file your claim for benefits. If your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, then you have a right to file a traditional lawsuit to recover compensation for damages suffered.
Most large employers like Amazon carry workers’ compensation insurance because this actually limits the risk of a large jury verdict. Nevertheless, workers who are hurt on the job may file a workers’ compensation claim for benefits to cover:
- All medical bills related to the injury
- A portion of lost income when missing time from work due to an injury
- Temporary or permanent disability payments
- Certain orthotic or prosthetic devices that are required due to a workplace injury
In some cases, work injuries are actually caused by someone outside the company. Examples of this include:
- A defective piece of machinery
- Defective safety equipment
- A negligent outside vendor or contractor
When someone other than your employer is responsible for your injury, you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against that third party. Our law office can help you determine who is liable for your injuries and what legal options are available to you.
How Our Attorneys Can Help After an Accident at Amazon
Our team knows that a work injury can be life-altering from the very moment it happens. You are immediately faced with difficult decisions, such as whether to report the injury to protect your rights or hide it and hope it goes away. You may be worried about getting fired out of retaliation or losing your group health insurance if you can’t keep your job.
Our knowledgeable workplace injury lawyers may be able to put a lot of these concerns to rest by:
Dealing with your employer and their insurance carrier. Large employers like Amazon use big insurance companies that focus on reducing risk and eliminating losses. When we talk about “risk” and “losses,” we are talking about you, the injured worker. To the employer and insurance company, you are known as a “loss.” This is because as long as you have a pending claim for benefits, you are a potential risk to the company. Our firm will handle all of the negotiations and discussions with Amazon and the insurance companies so you don’t have to.
Handling all the details of the investigation. We let our clients focus on their recovery, while we investigate the case. Often we use private investigators, forensic engineers, industrial experts, and medical specialists to help us build and support your case for compensation.
Making sure you meet all deadlines and statutes of limitations. It’s actually quite easy to miss a deadline or key statute of limitations if you don’t understand that law. But our attorneys have been handling workers’ compensation and personal injury cases in Texas for decades. We understand all of the tiny nuances of the law that can make a huge difference.
Taking the case to trial. While most workers’ compensation and civil injury claims end up settling out of court, the fact is sometimes cases need to go to court in order to get justice. If this happens, you want a law firm that has the experience, the resources, and the track record to trust with your claim.
Amazon Fulfillment Centers in the San Antonio Area
There are four fulfillment centers in the San Antonio / Austin area. These are located at:
- SAT1 Amazon Fulfillment Center, 6000 Schertz Parkway, Schertz TX 78154
- SAT2 Amazon Fulfillment Center, 1401 E. McCarty Lane, San Marcos TX 78666
- SAT5 Amazon Fulfillment Center, 1410 S. Callaghan Road, San Antonio TX 78227
- UTX5 Amazon Prime Location, 4848 Perrin Creek, Ste. 680, San Antonio TX 78217
Each of these locations has a large and diverse workforce, working all hours of the day and night. Amazon working conditions are notoriously poor, and the treatment of employees continues to rank Amazon among the worst companies in the country.
If you are injured while working at Amazon, do not trust your case to just any lawyer you find. At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, our Amazon warehouse injury attorneys focus their practice almost exclusively on representing injured people throughout Texas. So when you trust our law firm to handle your claim, you can rest assured that you are being represented by an attorney with the experience and sharply focused skills to see your case through to the end.
Contact Our Amazon Warehouse Injury Lawyers Today
If you need help after a work injury, call an Amazon warehouse injury lawyer today to schedule a free initial case evaluation. Often, the only difference between recovering compensation for a workplace injury and being stuck with your own bills comes down to the critical steps taken in the beginning of a case. It makes sense to let an experienced legal professional review your case for free and explain your options.
Our Amazon work injury lawyers do not charge big upfront retainers or attorney fees. Instead, we advance case-related costs on behalf of our clients and make it easy to get the help and legal representation you need when you are at your most vulnerable.
From our main law office in San Antonio or any of our satellite offices throughout Texas and beyond, our firm stands ready to level the playing field and put your rights first. You deserve a lawyer who will make you and your injury a priority. Call our law firm today to speak with a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney in a free consultation.